Jackson County cuts prescription cost for citizens

Pascagoula (WLOX)--"It does not cost them anything, so why not."

Jackson County's free discount drug cards are a hot item at Sav-Rex Pharmacy on Ingalls Avenue.

Pharmacist Mac Clark says since the county began offering a prescription savings in March more than three hundred customers are using the cards.

"It reduces the prices of prescriptions and in this day a time a little amounts to a lot," Clark said.

Nurse Beatrice Ponson works at Singing River Hospital, and she sees a lot of uninsured patients. She's constantly passing out the cards to help patients cut costs, especially those without private health insurance or Medicaid to cover their monthly medicine bills.

The program is run by the National Association of counties. Human Resources Director Janet Krebs says Jackson County leaders saw this as a way to help citizen's health and budgets.

"We have just broken the  $100 thousand mark and it's going strong. We have seven hundred utilizers, which represents about 13 hundred prescriptions that went through the program," Krebs said.

Krebs says there's no catch to the program; any Jackson County resident can pick up a card and get a discount on their medications.

"We are in an economic crisis with our healthcare as a whole, particularly prescription drugs, so this is a true savings to those who couldn't afford their prescriptions before.

For more information about where you can pick up a free discount drug card in Jackson County call 762-3378.